Oregon Coast New Year's Eve Roundup: Hotels, Bars and Dinner
(Oregon Coast) – It's THE party of the year (indeed it's the last party of the year), so you might as well whoop it up in style and do it at the beach.
While the sandy beach itself will likely be too cold for a shindig, there are plenty of bars, lounges and restaurants on the coast that will be ringing in 2011 with that particular coastie flair. From classy to kooky, from romantic dinners to “rock out with your cocktail out,” as well as places to stay for New Year’s Eve, here’s a list of holiday musts on the Oregon coast.
Interesting New Year’s Eve Parties
There are some shindigs that defy easy categorization.
Manzanita New Year's Eve Parade. You never know if it will happen or not, but it usually does. Locals and regulars to the town gather suddenly and without warning or instruction at midnight on the main drag and make a lot of impromptu noises. In the past, there have even been wild costumes, such as a dragon wandering down Laneda. Manzanita, Oregon.
Note: there is also a rather famous “polar bear plunge” on Manzanita’s beach in the morning on New Year’s Day.
December 31. New Year’s Eve Gala at Theatre West. The show is “Moon Over Buffalo,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig. It centers around the wacky capers of a couple who are both actors in the 1950’s. Special treats are in store for the NY Eve performance. Tickets for shows are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (over 12) and $8.00 for children 12 & under. 3536 SE Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-5663.
Last Dinner of the Year
For a quiet last meal of the year, most coastal restaurants are open, but you’ll definitely need a reservation. Some suggestions:
Newmans At 988. Mediterranean cuisine, and rather legendary. Reservations a must. 988 S Hemlock St. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-1151.
Warren House Pub. Unassuming and relaxed atmosphere, but extraordinary, expertly crafted food. Steaks are awesome. Less expensive than upscale spots, but about as good. You’ll still want to make reservations, however. 3301 South Hemlock. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-1130.
Bistro Restaurant & Bar. Upscale food and atmosphere, yet fairly inexpensive for the stunning quality. Reservations an absolute must for this longtime favorite. 263 North Hemlock Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-2661.
Tsunami Grill and Bar. Family dining and fairly inexpensive, but exceptional food. 380 S Marine Dr. Wheeler, Oregon. . 503-368-3778. www.beachconnection.net/tsunami_grill_wheeler/
Fathoms Restaurant. Extraordinary view from 10th floor above the beach; upscale dining. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-1601 or 800-452-8127. www.spanishhead.com/site/restaurant.html
Tidal Raves. The ocean view is fantastic, and you may get to see a whale cavorting close by. Upscale dining. 279 NW Hwy 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-765-2995. www.tidalraves.com
Adobe Restaurant. More amazing views of the ocean as waves smack the rocky shoreline. Upscale dining. 1555 Hwy 101. Yachats, Oregon. 800-522-3623. (541) 547-3141. www.adoberesort.com/ dining.htm
There are more eating possibilities at the Oregon coast restaurant page.
New Year's Eve Bars and Lounges Sampler
This list goes down the coast, from Cannon Beach down to Yachats.
Warren House Pub. Always a kick in the pants on New Year’s Eve. 3301 South Hemlock. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-1130.
Vino. Upscale wine bar that is also laid back and extraordinarily inventive. Exceptional food as well. 4th and Laneda. Manzanita, Oregon. (503) 368-VINO.
December 31. Oyster Shooters, cover band for New Year’s Eve. Cover charge. San Dune Pub. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-5080. www.sandunepub.com
Tsunami Grill and Bar. Probably the coolest retro bar interior on the coast – will stay open with special hours for New Year’s Eve. 380 S Marine Dr. Wheeler, Oregon. . 503-368-3778. www.beachconnection.net/tsunami_grill_wheeler/
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Rick’s Roadhouse and Grill. 184 Highway 101. Rockaway Beach, Oregon. 503-355-2052. Rick's Roadhouse website
New Years Eve Party at Pelican Pub and Brewery. This year’s theme is Masquerade. There will be a costume contest - winners will receive two tickets to a Blazers game. 21 and older, $25 per couple, $15 for Singles. There will be a DJ, door prizes, free appetizers, and a toast at midnight. Pelican Pub. 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive. Pacific City, Oregon. 503-965-7007. www.pelicanbrewery.com.
Maxwell’s at the Coast. Fun and funky karaoke will rule the evening; something interesting always happens. 1643 NW Highway 101 Lincoln City, OR 97367 - 3766 (541) 994-8100
Snug Harbor. A kooky and oft time surreal bar at the southern end. 5001 SW Hwy 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. (541) 996-4976.
Fathoms Restaurant. Upscale bar – will feature live music. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-1601 or 800-452-8127. www.spanishhead.com/site/ restaurant.html
Wing Wa. Outlandishly fun little karaoke hotspot with a KJ who’s also a one-man band. Hwy 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. (541) 765-2288.
Tide Pool Pub. Laidback, sometimes wacky bar. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 502 NE Hwy. 101. (541) 765-4346
Sandbar and Grill. Laidback local hangout that can be wacky at times. 722 NW Beach Dr. Newport, Oregon. (541) 265-6032.
Adobe Restaurant. Upscale lounge. 1555 Hwy 101. Yachats, Oregon. 800-522-3623. (541) 547-3141. www.adoberesort.com/dining.htm
Hotels, Lodging for New Year’s Eve
Most coastal lodgings fill up for New Year’s Eve, so you’ll definitely want to make reservations as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than heading out to the coast on a holiday like this and finding no room at the inn.
A New Year’s Eve suggestion: bring a lot of friends and rent a vacation rental, or the two of you should hunker down in a romantic BnB.
The Oregon coast lodging, hotels page has an extensive list of lodgings that are still showing availability in towns like Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Oceanside, Pacific City, Neskowin, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
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